The recipe has been handed down in the family, and temperatures were for a wood stove. I've adjusted them over the years, and it seems to work fine!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • Combine eggs, sugar, cornmeal, melted butter, milk, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Mix until sugar is dissolved, but do not beat. Pour filling into unbaked pie shell.

  • Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue to bake until set, about 45 minutes more. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

365 calories; 16.2 g total fat; 109 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium. 53 g carbohydrates; 5.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2008
I have been looking for a lemon chess pie recipe like that used by Rich's (a Southern dept. store) years ago. This one is pretty darn close.:-) I used evaporated milk and the juice of three lemons rather than just two. The next time I make it I'll reduce the sugar a little because it was a little sweeter than I remember. A standard 9" pie crust was a little too shallow for the custard - next time I'll try a deep-dish pie crust. And I'm still trying to work out the perfect baking time. All in all this is a great recipe - with a little tweaking I think it'll be perfect! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2004
This pie was good but turned out a little "gritty" and was not as creamy as I would have liked- I did substitute evaporated milk for regular milk. Not as good as the "Bill Clinton Lemon Chess Pie" as I made both to find the best recipe. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2008
I have been looking for a lemon chess pie recipe like that used by Rich's (a Southern dept. store) years ago. This one is pretty darn close.:-) I used evaporated milk and the juice of three lemons rather than just two. The next time I make it I'll reduce the sugar a little because it was a little sweeter than I remember. A standard 9" pie crust was a little too shallow for the custard - next time I'll try a deep-dish pie crust. And I'm still trying to work out the perfect baking time. All in all this is a great recipe - with a little tweaking I think it'll be perfect! Read More
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2008
I have been looking for a lemon chess pie recipe like that used by Rich's (a Southern dept. store) years ago. This one is pretty darn close.:-) I used evaporated milk and the juice of three lemons rather than just two. The next time I make it I'll reduce the sugar a little because it was a little sweeter than I remember. A standard 9" pie crust was a little too shallow for the custard - next time I'll try a deep-dish pie crust. And I'm still trying to work out the perfect baking time. All in all this is a great recipe - with a little tweaking I think it'll be perfect! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2004
Agree with other reviewers that this pie is very easy to make. Used evaporated milk (for extra creaminess) and added grated rind from one lemon (for more lemon flavor). My family enjoyed it although I found the filling a little too sweet. The pie is also very good eaten cold. Baked for approximately 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2003
My husband and his co-workers ate this right up. It was easy to make...what is lemon chess? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
Thank you so much. I had a similar recipe from my Grandma but lost it in a fire and have been searching for years. This is the best pie!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2004
Excellent and easy to make. For a deep-dish pie shell increase ingredients by 50%. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2004
This pie was good but turned out a little "gritty" and was not as creamy as I would have liked- I did substitute evaporated milk for regular milk. Not as good as the "Bill Clinton Lemon Chess Pie" as I made both to find the best recipe. Read More
(17)
Rating: 2 stars
06/27/2008
I followed the recipe exactly and ended up with a strange pie. There were 2 seperate layers one sort of custardy and the other more like a lemon curd texture. Not what I expected at all. My husband loves lemon pies but he did not care for this. Sorry but I will not be making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2007
A wonderful Pie... loved making it - loved eating it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/24/2007
Don't know if I just didn't do it right but this pie did not turn out great. The texture is not quite what I expect from lemon chess pie very lumpy not smooth and also is a little to sweet. Lemon chess is my fathers favorite I'll keep looking because this is not the one for us. Read More
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